Six NFL Players Who Could Break Out In The 2013 Super Bowl
Break Out Super Bowl Players
The NFL Super Bowl is one of the most watched events at households around the world. There are many reasons why people want to see the biggest event of the year. It may be to see their teams try to win a Super Bowl, just to watch and wish that their team had made it, they are simply football fans, a good reason to go to a party, or simply to watch for the new commercials that many companies spend millions to air during the event. For whatever the reason the Super Bowl will be watched by millions around the world and you can bet that there will be a player on the winning team to stand out that wasn't expected to do so.
Does anyone remember LB Mike Jones who played for the St. Louis Rams when they won Super Bowl XXXIV? Me either, but you do remember how the Rams won. If you don’t you will remember when I tell you that Jones tackled WR Kevin Dyson on the one yard line on the last play of the game moments after the receiver had just caught a pass from QB Steve McNair. The Titans came up one yard short and Jones created a name for himself that helped prolong his career.
Before Super Bowl XXXIV, Jones was a nondescript linebacker with a common name who quietly did his job for the St. Louis Rams. Now he's immortalized. Jones is the Super Bowl champ who made "The Tackle."
There have been many players like this. It may not be that they made the biggest play of the game, but there is usually at least one that has a break out game to help his team win.
Who will that player or players be this year? There are a few possibilities that I think could have a huge impact on this year’s Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
The Baltimore defense is accustomed to shutting down well know backs, but seem to let the smaller quicker backs do the damage. The Denver Broncos have had success running the ball with both RBs Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman in the recent past versus the Ravens.
LaMichael James is a small very quick back that can change directions very quickly and is a perfect change of pace to starting back Frank Gore. James has done well in the playoffs so far with 8 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown. He has added 2 receptions for 11 yards also.
James has the potential to break off a couple runs or a catch and run for very big gains. Don't be surprised if James make a huge difference in Super Bowl XLVII.
San Francisco 49ers WR Randy Moss has caught 28 receptions, for 434 yards, and 3 touchdowns this season. He's been in the league for 14 years and is very experienced with putting up huge numbers earlier in his career.
His best game this season was a four reception, 44 yard, and a touchdown outing in week 1 versus the Green Bay Packers, but don't be shocked if Moss was saving his best game for his last!
Ted Ginn Jr
San Francisco WR/Return Man Ted Ginn Jr. has been an above average return man this season, but has.nt done anything as a receiver. Don't be surprised if Ginn has either a long reception or a return touchdown. Ginn has averaged a return touchdown per season, but has yet to get one this year. He is due.
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce has looked pretty solid as a compliment to Ray Rice. I would expect more of the same in the Super Bowl versus the San Francisco 49ers. Defenses tend to loosen up when the star running backs leave the field for a break and that is when Pierce will hit you hard.
Pierce could end up being the player that makes the biggest difference in the game. If Pierce is able to run for 50 plus yards and gets in open field on a few receptions the Ravens will be hard to beat.
Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones may be out of luck after the play that the Denver Broncos probably refer to as the "Catch", but if he isn't the 49ers better pay close attention to him. Sometimes it's hard to put a lot of effort into stopping Jones when you have to watch WRs Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin, but the 49ers must make it a priority. Jones can be pretty quick and slippery.
Baltimore Ravens rookie LB Courtney Upshaw has not proved a whole lot in his rookie season except that his pretty big and fast. He usually gets around 4 tackles a game, but he hasn't produced a strong pass rush as the Ravens had hoped for. There is not better time to show that ability than in the Super Bowl.
In order to beat San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick the Ravens need to pressure him early and often. There's no way he can stand in the pocket and pick you apart if he's being pressured this early in his career.
Upshaw has a good chance of matching his season total of 1.5 sacks in this one game. If he's able to do that then he could help the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory.